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This year, the first-ever online Leiden Open was held on the 27th and 28th of March. The tournament ran on a mixture of online platforms including Discord and Zoom. After 5 preliminary rounds of debate, the top 16 teams broke to the quarterfinals as well as the top 4 Pro-Am teams who broke to the Pro-Am final. At the end of the weekend, Klaudia Maciejewska and Kat Jansen brought the trophy home by winning the Grand Final!
As someone fairly new to the Dutch debate circuit, debating at Leiden Open 2021 was definitely a memorable experience for me. With teams from Croatia to the Philippines, you were bound to run into experienced opponents from all over the world. On top of that, the qualified adjudicators only added to the quality of the tournament.
THBT the education system should use personality tests to stream children from a young age.Leiden Open 2021 – Round 3
In the past, I had come across quite a few motions on academic streaming. However, I found this one motion particularly interesting as it involved the use of personality tests. When I read the motion, the first thought that came to mind were sketchy online quizzes that told you what flavour of ice cream you were. But not to fret, there is actually quite an interesting discussion to be had here.
My motion analysis presents a few general ideas that came up during my debate which I found intriguing. If you have any other ideas, feel free to share your ideas and comment!
Yige is a debater of the Dutch Schools Debate College (DSDC) and a part of the team representing the Netherlands at the World Schools Debating Championships in 2021.